Coronation portrait of King George II

National Portrait Gallery

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Handel's Coronation Anthems

Schubert's Mass in G

For our final concert in our 2019-20 season we performed a much-loved favourite from Handel and a less well known but serenely beautiful Mass by Schubert.

Handel's Coronation Anthems were written for the coronation of King George II in 1727, and were such a hit that they have featured in every coronation service since then. Robust and joyful choruses, the best known of which is Zadok the Priest, are balanced by some of Handel's most gentle and mellow writing, particularly for the coronation of the Queen.

Schubert's Mass in G was an early work, written in 1815 at age 18.  He was working as a teacher at his father's school,  and studying composition with Salieri. It is now the best known of Schubert's three shorter Masses though it was not published until 1845, almost 20 years after his death, by when it had been almost forgotten.


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